Lake Tahoe, CA is closing to visitors Thursday night under the regional stay-at-home order that was announced Wednesday, December 9th.
On Wednesday, the Greater Sacramento region fell below 15% ICU capacity, triggering the order. According to the state of California, ICU capacity fell to 14.3% as of Wednesday morning statewide.
Now Lake Tahoe is shunning visitors as a way to curve coronavirus spread.
According to the California covid-19 website, the new restrictions will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday and the order will remain in place for at least three weeks.
The Greater Sacramento region includes Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties—many of which contain ski areas.
JUST IN: Vacation travel to Lake Tahoe will be banned for at least three weeks starting Friday due to a regional rise in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.https://t.co/s7aCHrJpfR
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) December 9, 2020
How this might affect ski areas in those counties
According to Chris Fiore, the communications manager for the city of South Lake Tahoe who spoke with the Guardian, ski resorts are still permitted to stay open under the order, which exempts outdoor recreation. Fiore says that lodging will be closed except for essential workers and covid-19 containment measures, such as treatment or housing for homeless people.
However, county health officials are urging tourists to stay away from the area for at least three weeks, and this includes ski areas.
On December 10, the California state-mandated “Stay Home” order for the Greater Sacramento region will go into effect, and will last at least three weeks. Squaw Alpine will continue to operate for skiing and snowboarding during this time in accordance with state guidelines. We will adjust our various other businesses accordingly.
The Village at Squaw Valley Lodging will not be accepting reservations for the duration of the “Stay Home” period. Our team is currently contacting all guests who have reservations at The Village at Squaw Valley Lodging within the next three weeks. Food and beverage services will be adjusted across the resort—no indoor seating is available, and all food will be wrapped and packaged to-go. Retail stores will operate at 20% capacity. Lodges will be open with access to restrooms, lockers, rentals and guest services. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. We ask that guests limit time spent in lodges.
At this time, there are no changes to existing reservations for lift tickets, ski school, rental/demo, etc.
We are sincerely grateful to all of you for remaining flexible with us throughout this unique season. Please visit our website for more information.
-SVAM, Dec. 10, 2020
This situation is still unfolding and more changes can be expected in the near future if the number of people infected with the coronavirus continues to grow.
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